By Anya McCue
I interviewed Rich Lashua who is a theater and English teacher here at SBJHS. When he first started, he was the assistant director but he officially started teaching in 2010. He has been acting since he was four years old and he decided this is what he wanted to do because he loved telling stories. He did theater in Elementary school through High School and he studied it at UCSB. He did professional theater before he started teaching at a private school in Goleta in 2008.
Outside of school he likes to watch movies and spend time with his family. He also likes to dance, play music, watch movies and read comic books. He likes going to the park with his son where he teaches him baseball. When he relaxes he likes, “good food and good company” he says. He also enjoys going to the sea center with his family.
“ You are more able than you think you are, just try and you’ll be amazed at what you can do.” says Mr. Lashua, explaining the advice he would give to all of his students. Mr. Lashua also says that the goals he has for all of his students is that they fall in love with doing theater and that they will want to do theater again. His greatest pleasure about teaching is seeing students do what they thought they couldn’t do, but the biggest challenge about teaching is, getting people started. It is hard to get people to sign up, but once they do, often times they will love it and want to come back. His expectation for every student at this school is to try something new and out of your comfort zone.